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TABLE OF CONTENTS


Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Administrative Information

BAR CODE LIST

Description of Series

Series I. Photographers

Series II. Subjects

Series III. Art and Photography Processes

Series IV. Exhibition Prints

Index

University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Helmut and Alison Gernsheim:

An Inventory of Their Collection of Photographic Copy Prints at the Harry Ransom Center



Creator: Gernsheim, Helmut, 1913-1995; and Gernsheim, Alison
Title: Helmut and Alison Gernsheim Collection of Photographic Copy Prints
Dates: circa 1900-1950s
Abstract: Photographic copy prints, made and/or collected by Helmut and Alison Gernsheim, of photographs that range in date from the early to mid-20th century. The prints relate to the photographs from the Gernsheim Collection held at the Ransom Center and the couple’s research into the history of photography.
Call Number: Photography Collection PH-02412
Extent: 39 document boxes, 11 newspaper boxes (34.63 linear feet)
Language: English
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of photographic copy prints made and/or collected by Helmut and Alison Gernsheim. The prints relate to the photographs from the Gernsheim Collection held at the Ransom Center and the couple’s research into the history of photography. The copy prints are of photographs, advertisements, and photography-related ephemera from the Gernsheims' personal collection as well as other photographs held in museums. The prints are of photographs that range in date from the early 20th century to the 1950s.

The collection is arranged into the following four series: I. Photographers, II. Subjects, III. Art and Photography Processes, and IV. Exhibition Prints. The first series is comprised of copy prints of photographs by various photographers, and it is arranged alphabetically by the photographers' last names or studio name. Photographers well represented include: Antonio Beato, Julia Margaret Cameron, Philip Henry Delamotte, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll), Harold Edgerton, Peter Henry Emerson, Roger Fenton, J. E. Mayall, Oscar Gustave Rejlander, John Thomson, and W. & D. Downey.

Series II. Subjects, is arranged alphabetically by subject heading. It includes a large volume of architectural photography in addition to photographs of historical events and figures, royalty, and men, women and children. The photographs of historical events and figures are further broken down between images found within the Ransom Center's holdings and those from other institutions.

The third series, Art and Photographic Processes, consists of copy prints of different artistic and photographic techniques. Examples of processes include calotypes, daguerreotypes, and lithographs. The series also includes copy prints of photographic equipment and advertisements.

Series IV. Exhibition Prints, contains copy prints made by the Gernsheims which were intended for exhibition. The prints are arranged according to the type of support used to mount each image and/or by surface treatment; the majority of the prints are mounted on Masonite. Each group of photographs were likely produced for different exhibitions. Many of the exhibition prints are duplicates of copy prints found in the other three series.

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Restrictions

Access:

Open for research. Part or all of this collection is housed off-site and may require up to three business days' notice for access in the Ransom Center's Reading and Viewing Room. Please contact the Center before requesting this material: reference@hrc.utexas.edu.

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Administrative Information

Acquisition:

Purchase, 1963

Processed by:

Hagan Barber, Jack Boettcher, Heather Bollinger, Kelsey Handler, 2012

Note:

This finding aid replicates some information previously available only in a card catalog. Please see the explanatory note at the end of this finding aid for information regarding the arrangement of the manuscripts as well as the abbreviations commonly used in descriptions.

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 BAR CODE LIST 

  • Box 1: 059188000055347
  • Box 2: 059188000055358
  • Box 3: 059188000055370
  • Box 4: 059188000055369
  • Box 5: 059188000055380
  • Box 6: 059188000055391
  • Box 7: 059188000055336
  • Box 8: 059188000055325
  • Box 9: 059188000055314
  • Box 10: 059188000055303
  • Box 11: 059188000055290
  • Box 12: 059188000055449
  • Box 13: 059188000055609
  • Box 14: 059188000055610
  • Box 15: 059188000055620
  • Box 16: 059188000055450
  • Box 17: 059188000055438
  • Box 18: 059188000055471
  • Box 19: 059188000055493
  • Box 20: 059188000055482
  • Box 21: 059188000055507
  • Box 22: 059188000055518
  • Box 23: 059188000055460
  • Box 24: 059188000055529
  • Box 25: 059188000055551
  • Box 26: 059188000055530
  • Box 27: 059188000055540
  • Box 28: 059188000055675
  • Box 29: 059188000055664
  • Box 30: 059188000055642
  • Box 31: 059188000055653
  • Box 32: 059188000055562
  • Box 33: 059188000055573
  • Box 34: 059188000055584
  • Box 35: 059188000055405
  • Box 36: 059188000055416
  • Box 37: 059188000055427
  • Box 38: 059188000055631
  • Box 39: 059188000055595
  • Box 40: 059188000055686
  • Box 41: 059188000055697
  • Box 42: 059188000055700
  • Box 43: 059188000055711
  • Box 44: 059188000055722
  • Box 45: 059188000055788
  • Box 46: 059188000055799
  • Box 47: 059188000055733
  • Box 48: 059188000055744
  • Box 49: 059188000055777
  • Box 50: 059188000055766

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Container List

 

Series I. Photographers

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1.1 Aa-Ai
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1.2 Queen Alexandra
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1.3 An
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1.4 Ar-As
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1.5 Atget, Eugene
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1.6 Ba-Ben
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1.7 Bambridge, William
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1.8 Barnett, H. Walter
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1.9 Barraud, Herbert
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1.10 Barrett, Arthur
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1.11 Bayard, Hippolyte
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1.12 Beard, Richard
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1.13, 38.1 Beato, Antonio
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1.14 Ber-Bo
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2.1 Br-Bz
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2.2 Brady, Matthew
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2.3 Braun, Adolphe
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2.4 C
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2.5 Caldesi, Leonida
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2.6 Cameron, Henry Herschel Hay
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2.7-8, 38.2 Cameron, Julia Margaret
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2.9 Carjat, Etienne
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2.10 Clark & Hyde
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2.11 Claudet, Antoine
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2.12 Clifford, Charles
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2.13 Coburn, Alvin Langdon
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2.14 Coster, Howard
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3.1 Da
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3.2 Daguerre, Louis-Jacques-Mandé
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3.3 De
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3.4-5, 38.3 Delamotte, Philip Henry
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3.6 Di
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3.7, 38.4 Disdéri, Andre
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3.8-4.2 Dodgson, Charles Lutwidge (Lewis Carroll)
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4.5 Dr
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4.6 Du
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4.7 E
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4.8, 38.5 Edgerton, Harold
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4.9 Elfelt, Peter
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5.1 Elliott & Fry
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5.2, 38.6 Emerson, Peter Henry
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5.3, 38.7 England, William
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5.4 Evans, Frederick H.
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5.5 Evans, Walker
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5.6 F
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5.7-9, 38.8 Fenton, Roger
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5.10 Frith, Frances
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5.11 Fyson, Rev.
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6.1 Ga-Gh
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6.2, 38.9 Gardner, Alexander
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6.3 Girault de Prangey, Joseph-Philibert
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6.4 Gl-Gu
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6.5 Ha
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6.6 He
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6.7-8 Hill & Adamson
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6.9 Hi-Ho
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6.10 Howlett, Robert
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6.13 Hu
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6.11 Hughes, Alice
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6.12 Hughes & Mullin
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9.3 J. Russell & Sons
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7.1 K
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7.2 Kilburn, William Edward
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7.3 La-Loc
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7.4 Lafayette, James
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38.10 Le Secq, Henri
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7.6 Loe-Lu
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7.5 London Stereoscopic Co.
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38.11 Luboshez, Nahum
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7.7 Ma-Mi
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7.8 Man, Felix
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38.12 Man Ray
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7.9 Martin, Paul
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7.10 Maull & Polyblank
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7.11, 38.13 Mayall, J. E.
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38.14 Melandri
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7.12 Milne
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7.13 Mo-Mz
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7.14 Mullins, Gustave
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8.1 N
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8.2, 38.15 Nadar, Felix and Paul
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38.16 Negre, Charles
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38.17 Ney, Elizabet
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8.3 Niépce, Joseph Nicéphore
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8.4 O’Sullivan, Timothy
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8.5 Owen, Hugh
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38.18 Parkhurst
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8.6 Pe-Pi
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38.19 Photographic Society Club
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8.7 Pl-Pu
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8.8 Pumphrey, William
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8.9 R
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8.10 Renger-Patzsch, Albert
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8.11, 38.20 Rejlander, Oscar Gustave
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8.12 Riis, Jacob
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9.1 Robertson, James
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9.2 Robinson, Henry Peach
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9.4 Sa
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9.5 Sch-Se
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38.21 Sescall, Paul
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38.24 Shaw, George Bernard
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9.6 Silvey, Camille
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9.7 Sl-Sm
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9.8, Smith, A. G. Dew
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9.9 Smith, John Shaw
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9.10 So-Sr
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9.12, 38.22 Steichen, Edward
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9.13 Stieglitz, Alfred
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38.23 Stone, John Benjamin
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9.11 Str
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9.14 Strand, Paul
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9.15 Su-Sy
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10.1 Ta-Tho
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10.2, Talbot, William Henry Fox
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10.3-4 Thomson, John
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10.5 Thr-Tu
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10.6 U-V
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10.7 Underwood
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11.1 W
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11.2 Watkins, Herbert
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11.3 Watson
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4.3-4 W. & D. Downey
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11.4 White, Clarence H.
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11.5 Williams, T. R.
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11.6 Wilson, George Washington
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11.7 X
Container
11.8 Y-Z
Container
11.9 Yorke & Co.

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Series II. Subjects

Container
12.1 Advertisements
Container
12.2-4 Architecture
Hampton Court
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17.5 Banqueting Hall
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17.6 Cardinal’s Closet
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17.7 Cartoon Gallery
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17.8 Fountain Court
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17.9 King’s Audience Chamber
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17.10 King’s Dressing Room
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17.11 King’s Great Staircase
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17.12 King’s State Bedroom
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17.13 King’s Writing Room
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17.14 Public Dining Room
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17.15 Queen’s Audience Chamber
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17.16 Queen’s Bedroom
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18.1 Queen’s Drawing Room
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18.2 Queen’s Gallery
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18.3 Queen’s Guard Room
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18.4 Queen’s Presence Chamber
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18.5 Queen’s Royal Chapel
Westminster Abbey
Burials
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33.1 Famous, Campbell to Price
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33.2 Famous, Shakespeare to Wilcocks
Container
33.3 Royal
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33.4 Henry VII Chapel, statues in
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34.1 Tomb effigies
Container
34.2 Written information
Architecture Exteriors / Interiors
Container
12.5-6 Exteriors and interiors
Container
21.7, 38.27 Interior scenes
Container
12.7-14.4, 38.24 Architecture and Sculpture
Art
Container
15.1 Art Objects
Art Works
Container
15.2 Brooke House
Container
15.3 Clayton Church
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15.4 Hardham Church
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15.5 Longthorpe Tower
Modern Sculpture
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24.8 Butler, Reg
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24.9 Ehrlich, Georg
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25.1 Epstein, Jacob
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25.2 Gordine, Dora
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25.3 Nemon, O.
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25.4 Various
Artists and People at Work
Container
15.6 Actors, composers, dancers, models
Container
15.7, 38.25 Laborers, including street vendors
Container
15.8 Various and unidentified
Children
Container
16.1 Families with children
Container
16.2 Portraits of children
Container
16.3 Woman with page
Historic Events and Figures (in HRC collection)
Container
18.6 Americas
Container
18.7 Civil unrest / demonstrations
Container
18.8 Disasters
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18.9 Emperor Wilhelm
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18.10 Gandhi
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18.11 Interbellum (1918-1939)
Container
18.12 Kiel Canal
Container
18.13 Natural disasters
Container
18.14 Political gatherings / conferences
Container
18.15 Railroad construction
Wars and Uprisings
Container
18.16 American Civil War
Container
18.17 The Boer Wars
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18.18 The Boxer Rebellion
Container
18.19 Cyprus
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18.20 Franco-Prussian War
Container
18.21 Gaza
Container
18.22 German Revolution of 1918-1919
Container
19.1 Hungary, uprising in
Container
19.2 Italian Wars of Independence
Container
19.3 Korean War
Container
19.4, 39.3 Nineteenth Century
Container
19.5 Paris Commune
Container
19.6 Russian Revolution
Container
19.7 Second Schleswig War (Prussian-Danish War)
Container
19.8-19.9 Simpson, William (Crimea War)
Container
19.10 Spanish Civil War
Container
19.11 Tel Aviv
Container
19.12 World War I
Container
19.13-14, 38.26 World War II
Container
19.15-20.2 Miscellaneous Wars
Container
20.3 Women’s Suffrage Movement
Container
20.4 Miscellaneous
Historic Events and Figures (Not in HRC collection)
Container
20.5 People
Container
20.6-8 Political activities and politicians
Container
21.1-3 Wars and conflicts
Container
21.4-5 Work, industry, and science
Container
21.6 Various and unidentified subjects
Inventions and Inventors
Container
22.1 Inventors
Container
22.2 Machinery at the Crystal Palace Exhibition
Container
22.3-5 Military, aeronautical, astronomical
Container
22.6 X-Ray and microscopic
Container
22.7 Miscellaneous
Leisure and Family Entertainment
Leisure
Container
23.1 Indoor
Container
23.2-4 Outdoor
Container
23.5 Sport
Men
Container
24.1, 38.28 Authors and actors
Container
24.2 Composers
Container
24.3 Painters
Container
24.4 Photographers
Politicians, military, and statesmen
Container
16.4-17.4 Churchill, Winston
Container
24.5 Various
Container
24.6 Scientists, explorers, and inventors
Container
24.7, 38.29 Miscellaneous and unknown
Container
25.5 Photographic Exhibitions and Diorama Posters
Container
25.6 Photographic Society Club
Container
25.7, 38.30 Portraits
Prints by Helmut Gernsheim
Container
25.8 A-C
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25.9 D-H
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26.1-2 For E. Walter George Ltd.
Container
26.3 Groups of People
Container
26.4 I-M
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26.5 N-S
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26.6-7 Portraits
Container
26.8 T-Z
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26.9 Working People
Publications
Container
27.1 Book pages
Container
27.2 Illustrations from the London News
Container
27.3 Kaleidoscope mania
Container
27.4 Manuscripts, photos of
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27.5 Music sheet covers
Container
27.6 Royal materials, photos of
Container
27.7 Title pages
Royalty
Container
28.2 Baronesses / Countesses
Container
28.3 Czars / Czarinas
Container
28.4 Coronations
Drawings by and of
Container
28.5 Artwork by Queen Victoria
Container
28.6 Christenings / Weddings
Container
28.7 Comics
Container
28.8, 38.31 Interiors and Exteriors of royal properties
Container
28.9 King Edward VII and Queen Alexandria
Container
28.10, 38.32 People
Container
28.11 Prince Albert
Container
29.1 Queen Victoria Portraits
Container
29.2-3 Queen Victoria Life Events
Container
29.4-5, 38.33 State Events
Container
29.6 Miscellaneous
Container
29.7 Dukes / Duchesses
Container
30.1 Emperors / Empresses
Container
30.2 Family portraits
Container
30.3 Funerals
Container
30.4, 39.1 Interiors / Exteriors of royal properties
Container
30.5 Kings
Container
30.6 King Edward VII
Container
30.7 Princes / Princesses
Container
31.1 Prince Albert
Container
31.2 Queen Alexandria
Container
31.3 Queen Elizabeth II
Container
31.4 Queen Victoria
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31.5 State events
Container
31.6 Wedding objects
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31.7 Various people
Container
28.1 Unidentified
Science
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32.1 Antarctic and Arctic expeditions
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32.2, 39.2 Entomology
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32.3 Medical Science and Patients
Transportation
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32.6 Cars
Container
32.7, 38.34 Planes, trains, and boats
Women
Container
34.3 Business
Container
34.4 Kashmiri women
Container
34.5 Nudes
Container
34.6 Outdoor activities
Portraits
Container
34.7 Double
Container
34.8, 38.35 Sitting
Container
34.9 Standing
Container
34.10 Technology
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34.11 With animals

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Series III. Art and Photography Processes

Art Processes
Container
35.1 Anamorphic watercolors
Container
35.2 Chalk drawings
Container
35.3 Dioramas
Container
35.4 Dioramas, colored lithographs
Container
35.5 Drawings
Container
35.6 Drawing by squares
Container
35.7, 39.5 Engravings
Container
35.8 Glass plate drawings
Container
35.9 Lithographs
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35.10 Miniatures
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35.11 Oil paintings
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35.12, 39.6 Paintings
Container
35.13 Paintings on glass
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35.14 Pen and wash
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35.15 Pencil sketches
Container
35.16 Physionotraces
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35.17 Sepia drawings
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35.18 Sepia watercolors
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35.19 Silhouettes
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35.20 Still Life
Container
35.21 Watercolors
Container
35.22 Woodcuts
Container
35.23, 39.7 Unidentified
Container
35.24 Combination processes: Cliché-verre
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35.25-36.1 Mechanical Reproductions
Photography Advertisements and Equipment
Container
36.2 Advertisements
Container
36.3 Camera Club
Container
36.4 Caricatures
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36.5 Diagrams
Container
36.6 Drawings of people using equipment
Container
36.7 Illustrations of equipment
Container
36.8, 39.8 Outdoor photography
Container
36.9 Photographic exhibitions
Container
36.10-37.1 Studio equipment
Container
37.2, 39.9 Traveling photography vans
Container
37.3 Wide-angle cameras
Photographic Processes
Container
37.4 Calotypes
Container
37.5 Ceramic / Porcelain
Container
37.6-8 Daguerreotypes
Container
37.9 Half-tones
Container
37.10 Montages
Container
37.11 Photogravures
Container
37.12 Stereoscopes
Container
37.13 Stereoscopic Daguerreotypes
Container
37.14 Unidentified

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Series IV. Exhibition Prints

Container
40 Foam core-mounted prints
Container
41-46 Masonite-mounted prints
Museum board-mounted
Container
47 Artistic prints
Container
48, 49 Historical prints
Container
49 Portrait prints
Container
50, 39.10 Paper-mounted prints
Container
37.15-16, 39.11-13 Sepia-toned prints

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 Explanatory Note Concerning Manuscript Collections Cataloged in the Card Catalog 

Prior to 1990 when archival cataloging procedures were adopted at the Ransom Center, all manuscript collections were described in a card catalog.

Organization of Collections:

Manuscripts for each author collection were organized into four categories:

  • Works: manuscripts by the author, arranged alphabetically by title;
  • Letters: the author’s outgoing correspondence, arranged alphabetically by recipient name;
  • Recipient: the author’s incoming correspondence, arranged alphabetically by the author of the letter; and
  • Miscellaneous: all other manuscripts and correspondence, arranged alphabetically by creator.

Materials that did not fit into these categories, such as art, photographs, books, and near-print materials such as newspaper clippings, were dispersed to other Ransom Center collections for cataloging and storage.

Abbreviations Used in Descriptions:

The symbols below were used in combinations. For example ALS means autograph letter signed; Tccms means typed carbon copy manuscript, etc.

  • A = autograph (i.e., handwritten)
  • T = typed
  • S = signed
  • I = initialed
  • Ms = manuscript
  • Mss = manuscripts
  • L = letter
  • FL = form letter
  • N = note
  • D = document
  • C = card
  • PC = post card
  • cc = carbon copy
  • p = page
  • pp = pages
  • l = leaf
  • ll = leaves
  • nd = no date
  • inc d = incomplete date

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